The 10 Best Things to Do in Urgup, Turkey

March 26, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

The Cappadocia region's most upscale and contemporary tourist city, Urgup has a number of lovely hotels, many built in and around centuries-old cave dwellings. The city and its surrounding area are known for their mysterious fairy chimneys, early Christian rock churches and fine vineyards. A mix of ancient and modern, Urgup is a center for traditional handmade carpets, but also has a lively nightlife. Hot air ballooning is very popular, and a fantastic way to see the area's beauty from above.
Restaurants in Urgup

1. Cappadocia Home Cooking

Ayvali Koyu Ic Yolu, Ayvali, Urgup 50400, Turkey +90 384 354 59 07
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5 based on 240 reviews

Cappadocia Home Cooking

We renovated and restored our traditional stone arch house to accommodate the Cappadocia Home Cooking School and restaurant, which is located in the small village of Ayvalı, just 10 km. faraway from Ürgüp. Cooking school run by a family, this is why we want you to feel that our home is your home. We want you to enjoy Turkish hospitality and tradition. We also use only natural fruits, vegetables and spices farmed in our own garden. Of course you get to savor of this authentic Turkish food in our restaurant, after we have prepared them together! We are living in a traditional stone arch house of Cappadocia, which we are lovingly restored to accommodate our family runs Home Cooking School. This could be also teaching recipes for lunch and dinner menus. Our home and cooking class is in a small Turkish style village which is located in Cappadocia. Also transport services are available from anywhere in Cappadocia. Small service fee apply.

Reviewed By Beatriz C - Barcelona, Spain

We always try to take part in cooking classes during our trips and considering that Turkey has such a rich food culture, we could not skip this experience during our stay in Capadoccia. The lovely afternoon we spent with Tolga and his family at Capadoccia Home Cooking was a memorable experience and we couldn't recommend this cooking class highly enough!
During the 3 hours we spend at their home, we learned not only cooking techniques, but also about their local traditions and authentic local cuisine. The menu we helped preparing included stuffed aubergine, lentil soup, Turkish ravioli and an amazing desert called Dolaz with honey, mostly cooked using ingredients from their own garden in the backyard. After the cooking, we sat in the table to enjoy what we had just prepared and also a range of other dishes previsouly prepared by them.
Note: Even though they offer cooking classes, Capadoccia Home Cooking should be classified as a Restaurant, as they serve home-made typical Turkish food also for visitors who don't take part in the cooking classes.

2. Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

Urgup, Turkey +90 384 271 31 11
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4.5 based on 905 reviews

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

Reviewed By Freddy M

If you are interested in what nature has to offer this is a place to visit. You go back in time admiring what the ancestors lived. It Is like opening a book which unveils many secrets. The caves will show hidden secrets to get your full attention

3. Peri Bacalari

Avanos 1, Avanos, Turkey
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5 based on 99 reviews

Peri Bacalari

Reviewed By Marianna L

although it was very crowded here, i took a moment to enjoy the beauty of the nature and closed my ears & eyes while i opened my heart and soul.

4. Gomeda Valley

Mustafapasa Road, Mustafapasa, Urgup, Turkey
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Gomeda Valley

Reviewed By dt95 - Austin, Texas

Beautiful, desolate area. During our 3 hours (walking the entire time) in the valley we saw 2 people. There are many cave dwellings along the route and the top part of a he hike is beautiful and interesting. However, the directions we received from the hotel were not adequate and the trail is not well marked, as others have noted. If you go past where you should turn things get progressively more challenging and you will end up a long ways away from Urgup (5 KM to be exact), on top of the 8 KM you do to get out to the road. I understand if you make all the right turns the hike is only 6 KM. It was almost 14 KM by the time we got back - enjoy, but proceed with great caution.

5. Cemal Ranch

Ortahisar 50650, Turkey
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5 based on 258 reviews

Cemal Ranch

Cemal Ranch is located in the heart of Cappadocia just minutes from Ortahisar village. Our location will make your riding experience unique as we take you far from the crowds into secluded Valleys,traditional villages and through the 'fairy chimney' rock formations that make Cappadocia famous. RIDING TOURS Horse Tour - 30 Min This gentle ride takes you through the peaceful trails of beautiful Ortahisar Valley.Complimentary drinks at the Ranch. Horse Tour - 1 hr Ride traditional trails through the spectacular 'fairy chimney's' valley of Ortahisar and explore the ancient Hallacdere Byzantine monastery.Complimentary lunch and drinks at the Ranch. Horse Tour - 2 hrs This ride takes you through local apricot orchards and traditional vineyards to explore the rock formations of secluded Pancarlik and Kepez Valley's.Also view the magnificent Panorama of Uchisar rock castle.Complimentary lunch, drinks and transport is included. Horse Tour - 4 hrs ( Half Day)This ride explores some of Cappadocia's most unique and lesser seen landscapes.We ride through local vineyards to Pancarlik and Kepez Valleys and on to the beautiful secluded Üzengi Valley,famous for it's amazing rock carved pigeon homes, natural mineral spring and meandering streams.you will also enjoy the stunning panaromas at Ortahisar castle on our return. Complimentary lunch, drinks and transport is included. We also offer Full Day & Multi-day Rides and Riding Lessons by appointment. Cemal Ranch is family owned and operated so regardless of your riding experience our local expertise will make your visit memorable in every way!With rustic open air pavilions, sweeping views and barely a road in sight. Cemal Ranch is like 'discovering a little known secret,and is the perfect setting to relax before or after your horse tour.

Reviewed By Ida S

I and my boyfriend booked one hour horse riding tour through our hotel and that was amazing experience. I wasn't expecting too much for only 1h tour but we ended up seeing so much of the beautiful landscape and the best part was that there were no one else than just us and the guide Osman who was very nice and confident with the horses. I would recommend this to anyone who's going to Cappadocia. We did the tour in the middle of the day so I think that's the reason why there were no one else because sunrise/sunset tours are more popular but I really enjoyed our ride. Thank you so much!

6. Pasabag

Urgup, Turkey
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4.5 based on 752 reviews

Pasabag

Reviewed By Ricardo B - London, United Kingdom

Magical geological formations made of lava eruptions and melded by rain and wind. So impressive,So unique it does not look posible something like this can exist, and how the top of some of these chimneys do not fall?

7. Zelve Open Air Museum

Zelve Yolu, Nevsehir, Turkey +90 533 660 40 01
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4.5 based on 377 reviews

Zelve Open Air Museum

Reviewed By Vlado Z - Zagreb, Croatia

We know so little about early Christian history. This Is the place to see where religion started in second century and how people lived here. Need about an hour to walk areound.

8. Ortahisar Kalesi

Ortahisar, Turkey
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Ortahisar Kalesi

Reviewed By Kanchan Z - Istanbul, Turkey

You can have a best view of long stretch of valley form the castle. Need to be careful as the surface is still getting eroded. Fun to climb small castle. Difficult for old people to climb. A geologist will always love the view for extinct volcano.

9. Goreme National Park

Goreme, Turkey +90 384 271 3545
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5 based on 3 reviews

Goreme National Park

Reviewed By Medeea P - London, United Kingdom

An amazing place, definitely worth a visit and totally worth paying the extra 10 TRY for the dark chapel. The frescos are incredible and views amazing as always. You should keep in mind your national park ticket also includes entrance to another bigger church a few meters down the road.

10. Cappadocia Art & History Museum

Yukari Mah. Gazi Sok. No:6 | Mustafapaşa Kasabası, Urgup 50420, Turkey +90 384 353 52 21
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4.5 based on 196 reviews

Cappadocia Art & History Museum

Reviewed By Rebby2014 - Saudi Arabia

Awesome memorabella for the old and young generations to remind themselves of the good hearted man who offered and shared his blessings to those empty hands, and he was thankful to Allah.

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